San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 4/9/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: San Antonio (+4.5)
The Denver Nuggets (33-18) play the San Antonio Spurs (24-25) at Ball Arena on Friday. The spread on this game has Denver as 4.5-point favorites. The total is set at 227.
The San Antonio Spurs took the court against the Denver Nuggets and went home with a loss by a final score of 106-96 in their last contest. San Antonio ended having earned a 41.8% field goal percentage (38 out of 91) and converted 6 out of their 24 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Spurs knocked down 14 of their 21 shots for a percentage of 66.7%. In relation to pulling down rebounds, they earned 42 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 23 dimes in the matchup while forcing 17 turnovers and earning 11 steals. In the matter of defense, San Antonio let their opponent shoot 44.0% from the field on 40 out of 91 shooting. Denver doled out 26 dimes and had 10 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Denver collected 53 rebounds (12 offensive, 41 defensive) and had 4 rejections. Denver finished the game shooting 75.0% from the charity stripe by making 18 of their 24 shots. They knocked down 8 out of their 26 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Derrick White is someone who came through for the matchup. He ended up finishing with 18 points on 7 out of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 29:05 mins played and totaled 4 rebounds. White finished the game shooting 46.7% from the field and totaled 2 assists. Someone else that had an impact in this matchup for the Spurs was Dejounte Murray. He grabbed 5 rebounds in his 28:43 minutes on the basketball court. He finished 44.4% from the field in this matchup by connecting on 8-of-18 (18 points). Overall, Murray earned 6 assists.
San Antonio heads into this one with a win-loss mark of 24-25 on the campaign. The Spurs are connecting on 35.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (510 of 1,436) and 78.2% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 110.2 points per outing (21st in basketball) while hitting 45.8% from the field. They lose possession via turnover 11.4 times per game and as a unit they are committing 17.7 fouls per game. As a team, San Antonio is collecting 44.0 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 1,190 dimes on the year, which is 22nd in basketball in terms of passing the rock. Defensively, the Spurs are forcing 13.4 turnovers per game and they draw 18.5 personal fouls. They are ranked 9th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,213 relinquished this season. The Spurs are allowing a shooting percentage of 46.9% (658 of 905) and they surrender 47.7 boards per contest as a squad. They are conceding 37.8% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 18th in the NBA in PPG allowed (111.9).
In their win over the Spurs, the Nuggets collected 41 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds totaling 53 for the contest. They turned the ball over 17 times, while getting 10 steals for this game. The Spurs were called for 19 personal fouls for the game which got the Nuggets to the charity stripe for a total of 24 tries. They were able to convert 18 of the free throws for a percentage of 75.0%. Concerning 3-point shots, Denver buried 8 out of 26 attempts (30.8%). When all was said and done, the Nuggets ended up shooting 40 out of 91 from the floor which had them at 44.0%. The Nuggets permitted the Spurs to knock down 38 of their 91 tries from the floor which had them shooting 41.8% in this game. They shot 25.0% from distance by connecting on 6 out of 24 and finished the game at 14 of 21 from the charity stripe (66.7%). In regard to rebounding, Denver allowed San Antonio to pull down 42 in all (11 on the offensive side).
Nikola Jokic was important for the Nuggets in this contest. He buried 11 of 18 in this game for a field goal percentage of 61.1%, and had 9 rebounds. Jokic scored 25 points in his 30:27 minutes on the court and tallied 10 dimes for the contest. Another guy that was pivotal for Denver was Michael Porter Jr.. He finished this one with 1 assist in his 31:03 mins on the court, and he converted 7 out of 14 from the floor. Porter ended up shooting 50.0% from the field while earning 18 points and 10 total rebounds.
Denver has a mark of 33-18 for the year. The Nuggets commit 18.8 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 78.4% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 27.1 times per contest (2nd in the league) and they turn the ball over 13.5 times per game. Denver has accumulated 5,890 pts this year (115.5 per game) and they average 44.4 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Nuggets are connecting on 48.9% from the field, which is ranked 2nd in the league. The Nuggets on the defensive end are ranked 9th in basketball in points given up per game with 109.9. They have surrendered 26.2 dimes and 41.1 boards every game, which has them ranked 26th and 2nd in basketball. The Denver defense allows 36.2% on shots from behind the 3-point line (657 of 1,814) and their opponents are making 77.4% of their free throw attempts. They have forced 14.1 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.9% from the field (19th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take San Antonio (+4.5)
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